28 Days Purging Series: Day 21

Welcome to day twenty one of this purging series. Today we are going to be doing Clothes.

Our goal is to spend 20 minutes or less on this task. Throughout this series there may be tasks that only take 5-10 mins and that is great and gives so much motivation to keep on with the tasks in the days ahead. 

Also, during these daily tasks for our purging series if there is a day where it does not apply to you or that place does not need it you can select another area to do with the same idea of 20 minutes or less.

Going through our clothing can be very overwhelming, this is why this task is not a pull every piece of clothing out. This is more going through your items, if you pack your seasonal clothes then just like in Day 20, leave those for you to do until you pull them out. (Tip: if you go through your items seasonally it will be much easier for you to up keep with the amount of clothing you hold onto).
Let’s set that timer and go. Let’s start with the closet, quickly go through the pieces, remove anything you have not worn in the past year and put aside. Once done, go through those pieces you pulled out and be truly honest with yourself, would you still wear it, does it fit, etc.. If you answered that you would still wear it when returning the piece put it in the front and see if you reach for it. (or you can hang it with the hanger in opposite to the others, then you will be able to see if you have reach for it or not in your next purge) In a few months, check back with those items in the front and if you didn’t wear it you know you won’t be. Next move into your drawers and do the same. Use the same tips for decision making. Always think of if you have even worn the item once, that will also help with the process of letting go.

For all your items that you are letting go of, if in good condition please look into donating these items to a great place.

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28 Days Purging Series: Day 16

Welcome to day sixteen of this purging series. Today we are going to be doing our Computers/Laptops.

Our goal is to spend 20 minutes or less on this task. Throughout this series there may be tasks that only take 5-10 mins and that is great and gives so much motivation to keep on with the tasks in the days ahead. 

Also, during these daily tasks for our purging series if there is a day where it does not apply to you or that place does not need it you can select another area to do with the same idea of 20 minutes or less.

Our computers/laptops can hold a lot. Today similar to Day 15, we are going to go through our computers and get rid of apps, files, notes, photos, programs, etc… that we are no longer using or/& needing. If needed we can also organize the files, apps, notes, photos, etc… into folders which will help us in the long run to know where we can find everything. Doing this will also help with our systems memory and making it work better. Doing this can also be very time consuming so remember to set your timer. Just like my phone (Day15), my laptop can use this purge very much. If you have both (a computer, a laptop) pick the one you use most or the one you think needs this the most. For me I pick my laptop, I tend to use mine more just because it is more convenient to move around with. My computer holds more of items that I need to backup or store. I will do my computer at another time when I have some free time. Also, if you have both getting one done and having that awesome feeling will motivate you to do it to the next device at another time. At the end you can change up your back ground of your home screen, it will make it feel as refreshed as the declutter and organization task you just did.

Did you find that your computer/laptop needed a good purge?

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28 Days Purging Series: Day 2

Welcome to day two of this purging series. Today we are going to be doing the freezer.
If you missed yesterday’s Day 1 you can find it here.

Our goal is to spend 20 minutes or less on this task. Throughout this series there may be tasks that only take 5-10 mins and that is great and gives so much motivation to keep on with the tasks in the days ahead.

With the freezer it depends what kind of freezer you have, if it’s upright and side by side of your fridge the process will be similar to what we did in our day one The Fridge. If you have the bottom drawer style freezer or the top door one it will be slightly different in how I am explaining it in steps, but the process will be to declutter & reorganizing. No matter which you have it should not take long.

If your freezer is the side by side, you can start at the top shelf area and work your way down and then to the door. If your freezer in the kitchen doesn’t need to be done and you have a deep freezer or another kind you can choose to do those instead. Organize items as you go thru putting them in order &/or in their correct spot. If you have a top or bottom freezer I would take everything out and put items back in once sorted. This will make it easier for you to know exactly what you have in there. It will also make it easier to regroup the items you want together. This should not take long enough where items can defrost.
Start with the items that can’t be out long like ice creams, popsicles, etc… You want to look for items that have been there way too long. For freezable meals (frozen pizza, microwave dinners, chicken nuggets), check the expiry date. For meat and fish, look for items that have been there too long or have freezer burn. Depending on how long they have been there, if you decided to keep it then insure you keep it on the top or/& front so they can be used. You can also look for items that you bought, but didn’t enjoy and are still in there, now is the perfect time to get rid of them and make space for things you use. Tip: I have a deep freezer in my garage, before every shopping trip I go thru that freezer and move what I need into my kitchen freezer so I am not one, over buying and two keep a good rotation. Also, when putting away items I have bought I make sure to put it at the bottom &/or back of the freezer and move what was there forward &/or top. This insures that I am using “the older” ones (which is not really old but you know what I mean).

A great organization tip, if you need some structure in your freezers, I use plastic bins from Dollarama, items I do not keep in their boxes can be put in them. It’s organized and easy to find. My freezer has sliding bins which is where I sort my fish and my meats. I have one shelf where breakfast items are stored and the other for things like frozen vegetables, fruit, fries, etc.. Bins work even better for those bottom drawer freezers & top freezers. It’s a great affordable way to have an organized freezer. You can also find similar ones at Dollar Tree.

Also, during these daily tasks for our purging series if there is a day where it does not apply to you or that place does not need it you can select another area to do with the same idea of 20 minutes or less.

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Introduction To My 28 Days Purge Series

Hello Friends,

Now that the holidays are over and most may have put away all their Holiday decor I thought for the month of February we could join in together and do a daily purge/declutter of our homes. Here in Ontario we are in lockdown once again and spending even more time at home. With everyone at home it can be difficult to start big purging projects, so I came up with a 28 day purge/declutter for the month of February. Each task should not take you more then 15-20 minutes a day, some may even be less. This is not empty each room out and go through it. It is more of an overview of for many of them or an easy go through.

I thought long and hard on each section that I feel like can get cluttered or full of items. We will be covering areas like the fridge, the freezer, kitchen counters, our cell phones, makeup, and lots more.
Making these tasks not long and an all day task, makes it more easier to complete. This is also a great way to keep on top of these areas throughout the year, anytime you want too or feel the need too, you can always quickly review each day and select the ones you want in the order you feel like it’s needed. This makes keeping up with purging easier as we do it often so it can not be so hard or as dreadful of a task.

If you are not already subscribed to the blog I would love for you to join in. You can click here to be directed to the page. This is also a great way for you to be with us on this journey, by being subscribe you will be alerted when a new blog post is up. I will be posting a blog post daily, each day will have a new section. If you come across a day where the daily post does not apply to you, you can still go along by choosing another section of you home that you would like to do.
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Every day starting February 1st, 2021, I will have a new blog post with the current task. I look forward to completing these tasks with you. Each day you can share yours on Instagram stories and tag me (@sandy.isho), I would love to see them. I will also be posting on Instagram once the new blog post is up, so if you like you can follow me on there as well.

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No Spend January 2021

Hello Friends,
Hope you all had a great holiday season and a wonderful New Year. This 2020 holiday season sure was different and I am sure for most of you too.

This January I decided to make it a no extra spending month, meaning other then groceries, bills, and necessities there will be no other extra spending. I have made one exception to this, which is to our take out Friday’s because after a full week of cooking this mama looks forward to a day where I don’t need to cook dinner.
I thought I would take the savings from no extra spending and put it aside. I didn’t really use my credit card much for the holiday season, so I will be paying that off included as one of my bills this month. I also thought this would be perfect as a reset and to print a bigger picture of how much we can save by doing this.

I thought this was a great idea, since we are home more and have time to browse sales, amazon, etc…. we have been spending on things that are not a need. If 2020 taught me something it was that we have so much and only need a little. I also thought no matter how much or little the extra money turns out to be, I will be putting it aside, even if it’s not much it’s better then none and it may even become a habit. A great habit that I am sure my husband will love, lol.

You could also take the extra money to put towards debit from the holidays, credit cards, savings or which ever applies to your life.

I am totally not saying shopping is bad or that you shouldn’t be, because I love to shop. I am sure I will be back to shopping, but if I can do it for the month of January, I would like to continue it for more months on and off. I already started a new habit of not buying so much clothes for my kids unless it is needed of course & for myself. Since March 2020 until today my younger kids grew out of so many clothes, jackets, that they didn’t even wear because, well we know. The most items that totally wasn’t worn was dress clothes. There is no need for so much extras, so this is already a great habit that I believe will continue. Buying when needed and not just because.

What do you all think of this idea? Let me know but commenting down below if you will be doing the same.

Before starting, I would recommend making a list of your monthly expenses so that you know exactly how much money will be coming out and then you can see about how much money you can save without the extra spending. Having that as a visual will inspire you to stick with it. I am not an expert or a financial adviser just sharing what I plan on doing and how I started. So even though we are a few days into January, don’t worry you can still start or you can plan to do it for another month.

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2020, A Year for the Books

What a year 2020 has been, not just for a few of us but the whole world.

We were hit with so much this year, so many changes and learning.

In the beginning and let’s be real I still have hard days, but in the beginning my anxiety and mental health was greatly affected. My sleep changed and became so poorly as well. I was glued to the news and when not watching on TV, I was reading up on Twitter.
2020 has made me appreciate so much more about life.

Holiday celebrations this year has been so bitter sweet. My kids social life (in person) has been put on hold including mine. I have weeks were I have my shit together and emotions are not running thru my head and heart, then I have days where I don’t know how much longer I can take this. I want to be with family and friends, I want my kids to return to in school learning, to playdates, to go on trips, on trips to local attractions, etc…. I know that it has been hard for so many people and much harder for others. I am so lucky to be able to stay at home with my kids and have them do online learning. I have learned on those hard days to just let myself feel all the feels, if I need a good cry, I let myself have it, because when I use to fight them, those sad hard days lasted much longer.

Things that have helped me feel better and getting thru these times;

-Getting ready in the mornings, (some days makeup and all) but everyday out of pjs and get ready for the day.
-A good daily routine (having this makes days feel some what normal)
-Remind myself that it could be much harder, more positive thoughts
-Give myself down time (read, watch Netflix, YouTube, a long shower, or even a simple coffee alone in quite)
-Appreciate the slowness of life (no over packed schedules, no rushing)

-Getting back into an old hobby, trying a new ones
-Once a week (or every other week, depends how long my polish lasts)do my nails (at home)
-FaceTime with family and friends more often (FaceTime dates with friends)

-Going for a walk
-Letting things slide more
-Letting the kids pick out what we will do
-A nice drive with a Tim Hortons coffee and loud music


Do you have any tips to share with us?

Even though I can’t wait for regular life to return there are some things I have learned &/or enjoyed and will continue with once life is back to normal. Some of these things are, enjoy the little things more, no more over booking for all of us, having an off day is ok and to allow myself to feel all the feels, to never take gatherings, social events, even simple trips to the park for granted. The appreciation for the simple things in life, and so much more.
Do you have certain things you want to continue with even when life gets back to normal?
This time has taught me a lot of things, and when you learn from things that is a positive thing so not everything that has happened this year is all bad. 2020 has been the year I really learned we have a lot and really we only need a little. Things have really took the meaning of stuff/extras and a bonus to have but difinitley don’t need, I now realize we don’t really need. My biggest takeaway from 2020 is being thankful for the little things, I have learned that the little things are what means the most and the most important.

I am really loving all the extra slow family time we have together as a family of six and two fur babies. Love creating fun moments with my kids like, pj day during the week, even movie night during the week (we start it earlier in the evening) which never happened unless we were on holiday (ex: Chrismtas Break, summer break), all the time we have for so many extra crafts, how we transformed our backyard to a fun place to be, just a few things/examples to share with you. 2020 will definitely be a year we will never forget. A year for the books, a year our kids will tell their kids about.

When your feeling like you can’t, take a deep breath & remind yourself how far you have come.

Instead of only thinking how hard 2020 is/was, think of the good things that came out of it.
For me I started getting back into baking (which is something I loved, but didn’t always have the time for), For the slow mornings without having to rush out the door, I have made it thru online learning with the kids (which was hard to get into to at first), I also learned a lot about online learning to be able to support the kids, we started a new routine since we are all home now, I got to learn new things, I started new hobbies that who knows might become more then a hobby one day and if not I still learned and enjoyed, I got to try new recipes that I never would have the extra time to spare in the event it didn’t turn out and would have to make something else, more time for selfcare,I got to cuddle more with my babies, and all the times I could actully join in with my kids doing crafts. There is so much that is also positive about this time and when I have my down days I try to remind myself of the positive too. We had some many great bonding moments.

I also wanted to thank my online community for engaging, for sharing, for starting a new friendships, for following along, and all the support. I love sharing, blogging, making new connections, and I am so thankful for my online community.

What has been the best part of 2020 for you?

Before I end this post I would like to reach out to anyone needing a friend, going though a hard time and needing someone to talk to please feel free to contact me at isho.sandy@gmail.com.

This post also marks the last post for 2020, I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and just know tho that even though this may continue into 2021 we can cheers to making it thru 2020 and are ready to continue pushing thru in 2021 and hoping for the best. Wishing you all and your families a Happy New Year filled with peace, love, & good health.

Remember be nice to everyone, please don’t judge anyone on their choices. We are all in this together, we are all trying to get through this the best way we know how.

My Top 6 Productivity Tips

  1. Create a morning routine. Example, open blinds, work out, coffee, lists, etc… Creating a morning routine that works for you is such a game plan to get your day started off right.
  2. Wake up 1 hour before the rest of your household. I stand by this really working. Yes it is hard to get use too, but you can start off slow like 1 or 2 days a week, or half hr before. I wake up between 5-5:30am everyday (weekdays) for years now. It has made such a difference in my day. I can actually enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee and get things done. Things to get done, changes here and there depending on what needs to get done. Sometimes it’s work things & sometimes it’s house/family things normally a mix of both. I can really get a lot achieved in this time. My kids start to wake up at 6:30am and by that time I am already making breakfast for them. I really want to work on adding working out to this early morning routine. See for me that’s hard, but I will keep trying to fit it in until I get it in there somewhere. Since Covid-19 started and kept us at home, I bent the rules on bedtimes and kids routines. It was hard on enough with all the changes, online school, and staying home. Now, I am home full time with the kids and they are on summer break, they do wake up later, but I still on most days get up an hour before they do. This will change September 1st and we will return to regular routines.
  3. Limit online time, set a timer. I can get lost on social media sometimes, watching everyones stories, liking posts, etc… I may post a picture in the morning of my coffee but then I will give myself sometime in the mornings once I am done my morning routine/tasks. I also will go on thru out the day, but not for long. As social media is also apart of my job, I do need to keep up with posts, comments, etc.
  4. Plan ahead, planner, calendars. Always check your planner or calendar ahead of time (daily) to insure you don’t miss any appointments, events, dates. This will also help plan the next day much easier. You don’t want to make a huge to do list or even a little one, but have a task that will take so long that your calendar may interfere with. I love. my planner by Happy Planner, I got mine at Michaels . I also use my IPhone calendar, but just for reminders. I review, add, and plan in my planner every night. I also review it in the morning. My planner is such an important item to me and I feel helps me so much to stay on track.
  5. Make a “Daily To Do” List. If you list ends up being long, make a top 3 or 5 number list. Go thru that long list and number your top musts and get on those first and if you have time tackle the next task. I find that when I have a long list, I choose my must do’s and most of the time I can get those done and more. Making a To Do list is so satisfying and even more satisfying to cross that task off once it’s done.
  6. Create a night time routine, this is the key to get your morning tasks done and also to having a peaceful relaxed morning. We are all people with busy lives and their are evenings that I don’t want to do my night routine and when I don’t the next morning when I get up and see the added things to do, I start hating myself as I am rushing trying to get caught up and onto my morning tasks as well. Having a night time routine that works for you will help you in the morning with less to do and being more productive in the things you wanted to do in the morning. Setting a good bedtime and sticking to it will also help in your early morning wake up call.

What do you think of the above list? Do you have a morning and night routine? Do you have any productive tips that you do? Comment below.